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Am I loud and clear or am I breaking up?
Am I still your charm or am I just bad luck?
Are we getting closer or are we just getting more lost?
I'll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let's compare scars I'll tell you whose is worse
Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words

[Chorus:]
We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave 'til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand

I've been here so long I think that it's time to move
The winter's so cold summer's over too soon
Let's pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow
I've got some friends some that I hardly know
But we've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world
We chase these days down with talks of the places that we will go

[Chorus:]
We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave 'til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand
Until you hold my hand

I'll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let's compare scars I'll tell you whose is worse
Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words

We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave till the end
I wont cross these streets until you hold my hand

Swing life away
Swing life away
Swing life away
Swing life away...



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    LyricinterpreterApr 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm
    The couple broke up, and the guy misses her a lot. He knows he is just fading out of her mind, so he asks himself some questions. He may not be the greatesst guy in the world, but he's trying. He's supoprted them on minimal wage. If love was a labor, a slave 'till the end. He's saying if he has to work at it, he'd give anything to be with her.
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    UnregisteredJan 30, 2012 at 4:51 am
    I read somewhere that tim mcilrath stated it was about an old friend of his but to me it sounds like he is explaining to a gf or somebody that they don't need everything to be happy. If that's the case I agree that people need to seek comfort in others and not things and such. Great song and idk why but this one really gets me when I listen to it and its just a great song and I'm kinda wishing they had an acoustic track on endgame like they did on apeal to reason but oh well.
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    LauraGarcia4evrNov 17, 2008 at 9:19 am
    I think it means their relationship is sorta rocky, hence why he asks if he is a charm or just bad luck. He loves her, and just wants everything to be nice, and to forget the past and start new (unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words). They have financial troubles (minimum wage) but they still love each other and he wont continue down his life road without her (i wont cross these streets until you hold my hand).
    The line "we live on front porches and swing life away" brings up an image of them sitting together on a swing on their front porch, living their lives together.

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